For the Love of Reading

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An avid reader is always searching for their next conquest. What better genre could there be for a lover of reading to peruse than books about books? Check out these “bibliobooks” from your local library for further investigation into the beloved pastime of reading:

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner – A collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer’s beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity and includes entries on the censoring of the works of Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, the paradoxical loneliness of Franz Kafka and the dubious insanity of Robert Walser.

 

The Literature Book edited by James Canton – A global assessment of the forefront works of literature and the themes that unite them is presented through a collection of 100 articles, infographics, photographs and author biographies and is complemented by suggestions for additional reading.

The Books That Changed My Life edited by Bethanne Patrick – Including contributions from Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Tim Gunn, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik and many others, 100 of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons share the books that changed their life, why they love them and their passion with readers everywhere.

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books by Michael Dirda – A latest volume of writings by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and Washington Post columnist shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science-fiction conventions. Continue reading

Star-Crossed Lovers

beautifulruinsWe’ve all heard of Romeo and Juliet, but their story is just one of many tragic tales of love and loss. Try one of these titles from JMRL if you’re looking for another pair of star-crossed lovers to keep you company on Valentine’s Day:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler – Follows the experiences of hairdresser and African-American single mom Dorrie, who while struggling with difficult family dynamics reluctantly agrees to drive an octogenarian client to a funeral several states away.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill – Two orphaned soulmates, one a piano prodigy, the other a dancing savant, dream up a plan for the most extraordinary circus show the world has ever seen against a backdrop of the Great Depression.

One Day by David Nicholls – Falling in love on the eve of their 1988 college graduations, Dexter and Emma embark on a heady relationship marked throughout subsequent decades by their disparate personalities, conflicts and misconceptions, in a tale told on the anniversaries of the day they met. Continue reading

Money Saving Tips

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Why not make this the year you finally get your finances in order? The library is here to help you save some cash with these guides, available from your local JMRL branch:

Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders – A handbook for reducing food waste includes checklists, recipes, strategies, and infographics that can help readers change their cooking habits.

 

Ecothrify: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life by Deborah Niemann – A must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to live a greener life but thought that it would be too expensive, time-consuming, or difficult, this handy, complete guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact and save you thousands of dollars, all while improving your quality of life.

Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day by Mary Hunt – Presents economical tips and advice to help save money and time on regular household activities, from deodorizing carpets to organizing playrooms, making Christmas decorations, and purchasing the best homeowner’s insurance.

Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World by Mark Ellwood – An investigation into bargain hunting traces the evolution of promotional pricing and sales, exploring the impact of negotiable pricing on markets, the machinations of price consultants, and the growing empowerment of consumers. Continue reading